Man Arraigned on Murder Charges in Connection with Double Fatal Crash in Concord

August 16, 2014 10:00 am · 44 comments

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A 24-year-old man was arraigned in Martinez on Friday on charges of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, child abuse and driving under the influence in connection with a late-night crash in Concord that killed a 23-year-old woman and her infant daughter and left several children injured.

Gerardo Harquin, who is unlicensed, pleaded not guilty to all charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court in connection with the June 27 crash that left Concord resident Lorena Dominguez and 1-year-old Khloe Duenas dead.

Police say Harquin was driving under the influence around 11 p.m. when he crashed head-on into a car occupied by Dominguez, her 27-year-old boyfriend and daughter on the the Kinne Bridge over-crossing near the former Concord Naval Weapons Station.

The man survived major injuries but Dominguez was pronounced dead at the scene and the girl died of her injuries at a hospital a short time later.

According to police, a 17-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl and 12-year-old boy in Harquin’s car at the time of the crash were taken to
hospitals with moderate injuries and have since been released.

Harquin, who is being held in county jail without bail, is scheduled to return to court in Martinez for a preliminary hearing on Sept.
15.

RELATED STORY: Unlicensed, Alleged Drunk Driver Charged with Murder for Role in Double-Fatal Concord Collision

1 I'm The Urban Spaceman August 16, 2014 at 10:07 AM

I missed it…what happen at Oakhurst the other night?

2 Killjoy August 16, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Not Guilty? Seriously? Hasn’t this turd sucked up enough of taxpayers money?

3 I don't understand August 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Why CPD does not take unlicensed, uninsured drivers off the road. I remember one officer was impounding vehicles of unlicensed and uninsured drivers in the Monument area and he got in trouble for doing his job.

4 Mika August 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM

We need stricter enforcement and penalties for those with expired or suspended licences who continue to drive. Anyone have any ideas how this could be done?

5 @#4 August 16, 2014 at 11:06 AM

See #3. They’re not allowed to for fear of losing their jobs.

6 anon August 16, 2014 at 11:17 AM

I know a Cop that stopped an unlicensed driver, told the driver to get a license and then let him drive away.

7 Dorothy August 16, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Let’s see, 2 dead by drunk driver who is unlicensed mean at most maybe 3 slaps on the wrist. Should be 4 slaps but being drunk while driving doesn’t seem to mean much anymore…

8 Sanctuary Cities August 16, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Where illegals get a free ride and do not have to abide by our laws.

9 Time for change August 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Send him back over the border in a box.

10 Mee August 16, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Not to make light of this serious charge, or the lives lost in any way. But being the seat of the county has it’s pro’s and cons. ( No pun intended ) Just about every story of this nature that is in the news in Claycord has our name “Martinez” in it, and I just hope people do not give us a bad rap for it. Yes we are the county seat. Yes this is where you have to come for court issues etc… But please don’t forget we have lots of great things here, a Real Main Street, music, great food and a beautiful Marina. Not just the county court house and Jail…… Not commenting on this case, except to say I am so sorry for the families and again am not making light of this tragedy at all. Only reminding people Martinez is much more than just the county seat. And please come enjoy our great city.. Just seeing our cities name, esp connected to a story, which cannot be helped I understand, so often concerns me people will come away with a undo negative impression of Martinez, when in fact we are a very nice place to visit, and explore.. Thank you.. Sorry if this is too off topic and will understand if it is not posted…

11 #1, August 16, 2014 at 12:12 PM
12 ChampagneKitty August 16, 2014 at 12:35 PM

to #8 and #9: Where have you read that the suspect is an undocumented immigrant?

13 Cautiously Informed August 16, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Criminals, welfare lifers and illegal aliens gave more rights and government protection than the middle class honest tax paying citizens.

14 Carnac the Magnificent August 16, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Currently there is really no teeth in 12500(a) CVC, Unlicensed Driver, section of the vehicle code. It’s a misdemeanor in name only. The ticket goes directly to traffic court, by passing the DA or City Attorney and is treated as an infraction.

22651(p) CVC, which allows officers to impound the vehicle being driven by an unlicensed driver is toothless as well. All it takes is for the Registered Owner to show up with a valid driver license or if the Registered Owner is the unlicensed driver, with an “agent” with a valid driver license the the car will be released impound.

What should happen is unlicensed drivers should be added to 14602.6 CVC which allows for a 30 day impound of vehicles being driven by suspended/revoked drivers.

It’s pretty hard to be an unlicensed driver on the road if you don’t have a car to drive…..

15 Tony Tone August 16, 2014 at 1:34 PM

#3, Umm you’re fact are wrong! That officer was racially profiling folks and was asking them for green cards. He was harassing people who were tax paying citizens for many years until he was caught and fired. Several years later he was reinstated.

16 Elwood August 16, 2014 at 1:47 PM

@ ChampagneKitty #12

I’m giving 8 to 5 that Gerardo is as illegal as a $100 bill with Obama’s face on it.

You want some of that action?

17 Jar Head August 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

He could have been born here using south of the border parts.

18 Christian Lenci August 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Hey Mayor – can you confirm for us that the defendant is in this country illegally? If so, why isn’t that a part of the story?

19 Anonymous August 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

I hope he goes to prison for a LONG time so he can think about what he has done everyday.

20 NoMoreFreeRide August 16, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Notice how stations like KTVU Channel 2 don’t even mention that the guy IS illegal. Disgusting losing faith in Channel 2. It’s all about advertising dollars not the news.

21 NoMoreFreeRide August 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

@Christian Lenci – Illegal, 2 prior DUI’s and prior deportations from the U.S.

22 Justin August 16, 2014 at 5:32 PM

#20…its right in KTVU’s article:
http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/family-mourns-loss-mother-daughter-killed-drunk-dr/ngZJP/

“Harquin apparently has two previous DUI arrests, in Walnut Creek and San Joaquin County, along with outstanding warrants, and a history of being deported, and returning to the U.S. He is jailed in Martinez. Because of his DUI history, authorities say a charge of felony vehicular manslaughter could be upgraded to second degree murder.”

23 ale August 16, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Previous stories stated he had been deported multiple times.

24 ChampagneKitty August 16, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Thank you, Justin

25 catie August 16, 2014 at 7:24 PM

How can he dare say he’s not guilty???? Ugh just DISGUSTING! The girl who murdered, yes I use the term murdered, my little sister last year by killing her in a dui accident is doing something similar. Why do these people say not guilty when they are arrested at the scene behind the wheel of the offending vehicle and are under the influence? Effing infuriating and a slap in the face to the family of those they MURDERED.

26 NoMoreFreeRide August 16, 2014 at 8:58 PM

@Justin – The article says it but the TV spot does not. They also didn’t say it the other night about the person driving that caused the crash. Why not? Unlicensed doesn’t always mean illegal. It could have been someone that wasn’t old enough or lost their license due to bad driving.

27 Ven Xeter August 16, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A quote from Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on her opposition to a bill holding illegal aliens accountable for driving under the influence:

“By directing state officers to treat people differently based upon their perceived alienage, the bill would essentially become a national version of the Arizona and Alabama immigration laws, inviting widespread racial profiling and discrimination in violation of the Constitution,”
Source: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/democrat-lawmakers-americans-killed-drunk-driving-illegal-aliens-doesn-t-justify-law

We have abhorrent individuals in Congress from both parties doing this to the country. The democrats do it to get votes, and the republicans do it to provide a continuous flow of cheap labor to billionaire businessmen. It’s time to protect our families and vote out of office anyone who is not in favor of enforcing our laws and protecting the rights of law abiding CITIZENS over the so-called rights of criminals from other countries. And Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Rupert Murdoch and other traitors can go take a hike. If these pukes hate American workers so much, they can move their businesses elsewhere. There is nothing lower than someone who takes full advantage of all America had to offer them, then tries to deny the same opportunities to future generations.

28 Anonymous August 16, 2014 at 9:51 PM

The only way to get a trial is by pleading Not Guilty, or No Contest. If someone pleads guilty, there is no trial. They go straight to sentencing by the judge. If they plead not guilty, and go through a trial, deals can be made between the defense lawyers and the prosecution lawyers. Deals that can cut years off a potential prison sentence, or thousands of dollars off the potential fine and restitution. That is why they plead not guilty. To get a trial and the opportunity to make deals. One deal can even be a last minute “Change of Plea” where at the very last minute before the trial starts, they change their plea to guilty, and in return an agreed upon sentence has been already been offered to them in exchange for the change of plea. They get less prison time, and the government is saved a lengthy, expensive, trial.

Taking a DUI person’s car is a great idea but obviously not fool proof. If I remember right this guy was unlicensed and driving a friend’s car. The problem is we can’t stop asshats from being asshats. Unfortunately.

29 ConcordGhetto August 16, 2014 at 11:17 PM

It is standard procedure to plead not guilty at the arraignment. This guy will NOT get a slap on the wrist like some people think. He will be looking at a couple of years in prison probably.

30 Me August 16, 2014 at 11:25 PM

Apparently Concord has been a sanctuary city for some time now:

http://www.sanctuarycities.info/sanctuary_state_california.htm

Obviously this makes total sense given the number of illegals in Concord.

31 @Me #30 August 17, 2014 at 1:05 AM

LOL, Me @#30! I have a bridge to sell you if you think that website you posted is of any value at all when it comes to finding out which city is a “sanctuary city”. Did you see the note that explains why Concord is on the list? A citizen of Concord told them to add it to the list. That’s it. That’s the extent of their research. Did you see the note that says the website is for sale – make an offer? Yeah, sounds like a real reputable site, LOL!

32 GetTheFactsStraight August 17, 2014 at 7:15 AM

#28. You are mistaken. A plea of No Contest is, for all intents and purposes, the same as a guilty plea. The defendant goes straight to sentencing.

The rest of your post is accurate for the most part. It is very rare for anyone to plead guilty or no contest at the initial arraignment on a felony. It is common with misdemeanors, but not felonies. When a defendant is first brought into court on a felony charge, his public defender advises him or her to plead not guilty and that gets the process started toward the Preliminary Hearing and eventually either a trial or a plea bargain.

The reality is, if the DA has good evidence regarding the blood alcohol level, this guy will end up in prison for quite a long time; maybe even a 15-life sentence.

33 JRConcord August 17, 2014 at 7:28 AM

If convicted, the offender should be forced to swim to Hawaii. If they make it, they get a second chance to rejoin society.

34 Cautiously Informed August 17, 2014 at 10:28 AM

@#25
Yes, I agree. How can someone who obviously commits such a heinous crime plead not guilty? What kind of person(lawyer) goes along with and supports such BS? In my book, those who defend and support the criminal element are themselves part of the criminal element.

35 WTH? August 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

not guilty??? are you kidding me? unlicensed, drunk driving (with two minors on top of that), and killing 2 human beings and severely injuring three people? oh yea, definitely not guilty. smh. some people have no common sense. own up to it dude.

36 ChampagneKitty August 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

to Cautiously Informed #34 and WTH? #35–Why are you acting all indignant over the not guilty plea? Did you read the other comments? As others have stated, it is normal procedure for suspects to plead guilty. The crimes could be committed on national television, with videos of it blasted all over the internet and recorded by the Library of Congress. The suspect is going to plead not guilty at the beginning. Sometimes they change their plea later once they have a better idea of what they’re up against and what kind of defense they can or can’t put together. So relax; a not guilty plea doesn’t necessarily mean anything right now.

37 ChampagneKitty August 17, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Correction: My third sentence should read, “As others have stated, it is normal procedure for suspects to plead NOT guilty.”

38 anonanonagain August 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

Unfortunately, many people will blame other’s for their grave mistakes and shortcomings. This is a tragedy beyond words. This idiot has robbed these people of so much. He is a coward. Never a man who owns up to his mistakes and takes his punishment. Hopefully he will gain some insight in prison and decide to change his path in life for the better…….He’ll have to live with this for the rest of his days.

39 @@Me #30 August 17, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Maybe you can explain why there are so many illegals in Concord then? If Concord wasn’t a sanctuary city the immigration laws would enforced locally. Are you arguing that Concord is NOT a sanctuary city?

40 Silva August 17, 2014 at 4:25 PM

In the case of Hans Reiser, he was found guilty in the murder of Nina Reiser by a jury, then in order for a more lenient sentance he finally led investigators to the site of her body which they had previously not located, and he’d been uncooperative and had maintained his innocence throught the trial. Some jurors were pissed.

41 Cautiously Informed August 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

#36/Kitty,
Just because it’s ‘normal procedure’ makes ok? Not everyone agrees with how the system works, and how it can be manipulated.

42 Cautiously Informed August 17, 2014 at 8:38 PM

36/Kitty,
Just because it’s ‘normal procedure’ makes it ok? Not everyone agrees with how the system works; especially how it can be manipulated by lawyers.

43 Stop w/stupid Sanctuary City August 17, 2014 at 9:00 PM

the city council has gone on record (read city agendas, numerous times) that it is NOT. City Council also sets policy for Police Dept. So please let’s stop this stupid suggestion that comes up every few years.

44 P.S. August 17, 2014 at 9:03 PM

since you believe this, have you contacted the city and asked? Call for Police Dept as well. Instead of making such dumb statements.

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